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The Flickering Myth writing team count down to Christmas by discussing their favourite festive movies; next up is Tori Brazier with White Christmas...
I have a confession to make. This is not actually my favourite Christmas movie, per se… I sort of forgot about It’s a Wonderful Life (yes, I know, and I’m a huge Jimmy Schtewart fan!) when we were claiming films for this feature. Having said this, I was also determined that there should be a good, old-fashioned, un-abashed Hollywood musical present, and, by Jove, this is it.
There is always a plethora of classic musicals shown on television over the festive period- often MGM ones such as Singin’ in the Rain, An American in Paris and Meet Me in St. Louis or Rodgers and Hammerstein ones like Oklahoma! and The King and I (all present and correct this year, don’t you worry). Many of »
- Gary Collinson
“I wanna wash my hands, my face, my hair with snow!”
The spirit of Christmas is alive and well at The Hi-pointe Theater here in St. Louis. It”S A Wonderful Life played last weekend to a nearly-sold out crowd – and that’s a big theater!
This Saturday, December 21st at 10:30am, head over to the Hi-Pointe for a White Christmas
White Christmas was made in 1954 (exactly 20 years before Black Christmas!) and was directed by Michael Curtiz. Bing Crosby teamed up with madcap funny man Danny Kaye and partnering with those two show biz pros as sisters were Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen. One of the most popular films of 1954, White Christmas opens and closes with the title song, while in between it’s filled with one great musical number after another. Crosby and Kaye play entertainers who went through W.W.II together and decide to host a fundraising »
- Tom Stockman
Christmas is less than two weeks away, and while there are plenty of fabulous films to see in theaters, there are also many you can stream from the comfort of your living room - particularly if you want to see something that will make you merry and bright. So gear up the tablets, laptops, Apple TVs, Rokus, and game consoles with movies that are sure to appeal to even the Grinchiest of viewers.
All of our recommendations have to be available to stream, so you won't find certain classics like "A Christmas Story," "A Charlie Brown Christmas," "It's a Wonderful Life," or "A Christmas Carol," but we still managed to curate seven holiday themed features for families with everything from preschoolers to preteens tp high-schoolers.
"Charlie Brown's Christmas Tales" (2002)
TV-g, 17 minutes
This isn't "A Charlie Brown Christmas," but the Peanuts gang is all here in this TV special of little »
- Sandie Angulo Chen
By the time you read this, I'll be in Fredericksburg for the Hill Country Film Festival. I love a film fest that's in one theater, where you get to know all the filmmakers and half the audience, and where short films prevail and celebrities do not. I wish the weather were less capricious, but you can't have everything. If you're in Austin instead, your best bet may be that fabulous new release about heroes who use their iron technology to assist mankind. Of course I mean the Austin documentary Trash Dance, which has a weeklong run at Violet Crown.
Hoping to get back in town Sunday in time for Alamo Drafthouse Ritz's Cinema Cocktails screening of the 1949 musical On the Town, a favorite of mine, screening in 35mm. Who couldn't love dance numbers from Gene Kelly, Vera-Ellen and especially Ann Miller, with a script from Comden and Green? And you »
- Jette Kernion
The star-studded 2013 TCM Classic Film Festival was packed with a plethora of great films and special legendary guests. Each spring, the TCM Classic Film Festival welcomes 25,000 movie fans from around the globe to Hollywood to celebrate the art and history of cinema and this year did not disappoint.
Being as this was my third year at the Festival, I was thrilled to see Oscar-winner, Cher, join Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne as a surprise guest at the opening night gala to kick off the 4th Festival in Hollywood. She joined Osborne onstage at the Tcl Chinese Theatre for a short conversation about her love of classic film, her favorite era of films and those that have inspired her prior to the world premiere screening of a brand new 45th anniversary restoration of the musical Funny Girl (1968).
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- Melissa Thompson
John Brascia, the handsome male half of three spectacular Hollywood dance teams in the 1950s and '60s, died Tuesday at a nursing home in Santa Monica following a 20-year battle with Parkinson's disease, his daughter said. He was 80. Tony Bennett, who served as Brascia's best man at his wedding to actress-model Sondra Scott on New Year's Eve in 1970, called his longtime friend days before he died, Brascia's daughter, Christina McNown, told The Hollywood Reporter. Brascia tap-danced with and twirled the slim-waisted Vera-Ellen in the high-octane "Abraham" number in Michael Curtiz's White Christmas
- Mike Barnes
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